A Sri Lanka family now faces imminent deportation from Australia following denial of their final bid to stay by a federal high court on Tuesday.
The family, Nadesalingam, Priya and their two daughters, have been held in an immigration detention center since March 2018 and have since been fighting deportation back to Sri Lanka arguing that they will be persecuted if deported.
Nadesalingam and Priya came to Australia separately. They entered the country by boat without visas and were not able to get refugee status despite several attempts.
Supporters campaign against deportation
The Tamil family are getting massive support from the town of Biloela with Angela Fredericks traveling above 1300 kilometers to Sydney to deliver a petition signed by above 190,000 people in favor of the family to the federal Immigration Minister David Coleman. Fredericks was just one of the many people who traveled from Biloela to Sydney to show their support to the family following the high court's denial of their final bid to stay.
Fredericks said the family is a very pleasant one loved and respected in the community with the husband rising very early to his meatworks and the wife getting the kids out regularly. They are our friends, she said.
The supporters are calling for the Tamil family to remain in Australia also arguing that they will face persecution if deported to Sri Lanka given their ties to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the banned militant group.
Craig Foster lauded the support shown by the people of Biloela and also expressed his desire to see the family stay.
In contrast to persecution claims, the government of Sri Lanka said it is safe for Tamil families to return to the country with the government even appealing to families which left to return, Lal Raj Wickrematunga - Sri Lankan Consul General to Australia said.
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